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Stem cells and regenerative medicine

Public engagement

The research area of stem cells and regenerative medicine is moving fast and often people are interested in finding out more about our work. 

CRM houses a small team of dedicated public engagement and communication specialists. Together with partners such as SSERC, patient organisations, research councils, schools and museums the team organises activities for key audiences including teachers, patients, policymakers, journalists and other interested publics.

Sabine Gogolok and Cathy Southworth discuss our mentoring programme with Castlebrae Community High School

We have one of Europe’s leading outreach programmes in stem cells and regenerative medicine. Our researchers and public engagement specialists have been involved in organising more than 150 events for patients and health care professionals, school visits, school pupil mentoring, music and science festivals as well as CPD accredited workshops for teachers and much more.

We are currently involved in several projects including EuroStemCell.org, this is CRM’s main online dissemination platform – any educational resources we develop are available here.

Additionally if you want to learn more about stem cells and regenerative medicine, the history and some of the ethical issues in this field, see our introduction into stem cells and regenerative medicine pages.

Example projects

Schools Community Engagement

CRM are actively working with local Castlebrae School Cluster to help enrich science in the curriculum, support pupils through our Pupil Mentoring scheme and partner with the local community to offer science activities such as at the Community Science Festival held in the local Craigmillar community.


As part of our ‘Hope Beyond Hype’ projects, partly funded by the Scottish Government’s Talking Science program, we took stem cell science to many music and sports-realted festivals in 2013-2015.  These included ‘T in the park’, Wickerman and Greenman Festivals, Ice Hockey World Championships, Melrose 7s, the Loch Ness marathon and the Festival of Running. We also went to remote areas for patient and local community events and provided CPD training sessions and free resources for secondary school teachers as part of Wellcome Trust funded 'Regenerate!' project.

Public engagement road to the clinic game

Stem cell face painting